Well that’s a dubious title… I promise I don’t have Wil Wheaton drugged and bound in my basement.
Not that my wife hasn’t asked me to kidnap him or anything. Settle down, honey – he’s married… and, um… so are you!
No, you see, I was kinda in the dumps after I shelved Eden in late 2008. I looked into self-publishing, but all I found were reports of scams and a whole pile of negativity. Then, I discovered this article on Lulu.com – an interview with Wil Wheaton!
Wil described how he found self-publishing both liberating and a perfect fit for getting his words out to his audience. Then, I read his book Just a Geek (which I recommend to everybody). I became quite inspired by both his story of how he reinvented himself and his self-publishing journey. To my surprise, I was more than ready to begin my own transformation.
After departing a comfortable, familiar job for a new position with a different employer, I began to pull Eden together. To tell you the truth, I mostly relied on intuition and trial-and-error. Smashwords provided some helpful guidelines for formatting an eBook, but the limited time I allotted to my little project didn’t yield any stellar guides. I was left to my own wiles.
What does all this rambling have to do with Wil Wheaton again?
Oh yeah. So, a friend of mine told me she was attending a cruise with Wil Wheaton (and others) this past week – and she offered to corner him and hand over a copy of Eden! I promptly signed a copy of Eden with a little note for the man who inspired me to finally make those damn changes I had been talking about for years. To the man who’s life story helped me to forge the next portion of my own life story.
My goal was/is noble – I really just wanted him to know how much he inspired me. Of course, if he decides to blog about it to his thousands of fans – I’m not going to complain!
EDIT: Because I wasn’t clear – Operation Wil Wheaton was a success! I have reports that he is in possession of Eden and he didn’t pitch it overboard right away…